Physical activity through organized and community sport works to improve the inclusion and well-being of persons with disabilities in two ways — by changing what communities think and feel about persons with disabilities and by changing what persons with disabilities think and feel about themselves.
Key Messages :
* Physical activity maximizes growth, development, health and performance across the lifecourse – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
* Children with disabilities have the right to play with equitable and safe access to sport, physical education and recreation opportunities, services, resources.
* Universal design of sports, fitness and playground equipment and facilities breaks down barriers and stigmas, fostering inclusive communities that contribute to sustainable development, health and well-being for all.
* Quality physical education that can be adapted for children with diverse disabilities is essential to developing movement and learning skills that build agility, flexibility, coordination, muscle strength, self-control, cardiovascular fitness and endurance, reducing the co-morbidity of NCDs and obesity.
* Inclusive physical activity, sport and recreation helps children with disabilities reduce dependence and build the skills, self-confidence and self-esteem needed to thrive and flourish.